Rep. McCaul: the Nightmare is over, time to heal in Austin
On “America’s Newsroom,” the Republican congressman from Texas discusses the signature of the defendant bombs.
The 23-year-old man, linked to the deadly bombings that rocked Austin, Texas, and the surrounding areas last month was a “target” list of future locations he wanted to strike, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Thursday.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said that the authorities have discovered that Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, had a “target list of future goals”, such as houses and addresses discovered by the authorities.
“I think he had pulled these addresses, and these were his goals for the future. It was a target list.” he said on “America’s Newsroom.”
McCaul added that on the basis of the data, authorities were able to pick out Conditt, they were able to go to the houses and at the “erasing” of suspicious packages.
This undated photo from Facebook and 2010 student ID photos released of Austin Community College Mark Anthony Conditt.
(Facebook/Austin Community College)
“We were also able to use technology to search for a digital footprint of where his cell phone had, so that the most important evidence was his mobile number, so that when he turned his mobile phone immediately SWAT teams descended on him around 3 o’clock in the morning, so that we can be close to him, before he blew himself up,” he said.
McCaul told Fox News that authorities are now looking for those addresses that Conditt drawn to try to find a link between them.
“That is what we are looking at right now. What is the common denominator between all of these victims, or is it just completely random?” he said.
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McCaul said law enforcement conducted a search of the house in Pflugerville, located northeast of Austin, on Wednesday, and “many of the computer data from the hard drives.”
“Those things are very telling, along with the social media about what motivates him to do this, and also there was a connection between all these victims, or was it just a completely random event,” he told Fox News.
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Conditt also used “exotic batteries” of weapons that terrorized Austin this month, according to McCaul, who added that because he is “very unique” battery packs that are ordered off the internet from Asia, authorities were able to get all the aircraft were of the same bomb maker.
The 23-year-old had also used nails bought at a Home Depot, according to the congressman.
Officials investigate near a vehicle, center, where a suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew themselves up as authorities closed in on him, in Round Rock, Texas, Wednesday 21 March 2018.
(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Conditt purchases at the Home Depot also included five “CHILDREN at play” signs, one of which was used for the rigging of a tripwire that was by two men on Sunday in a southwest Austin neighborhood. One of them ran and the other was riding a bike.
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McCaul said that Conditt 25-minute long “confession” to his crimes before detonate a bomb in his sport utility vehicle when the officers moved in for an arrest in the near of Austin was a sign of a “disturbed young man.”
“I think it’s clear from his confession that this was not terror-related, although he terrorized the city of Austin,” he said.
Authorities surrounding the house of the Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt in Pflugerville, Texas, Wednesday 21 March 2018.
(Jay Janner /Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Officers located the shooting, in which Conditt described create seven devices, including the one he blew up during the conflict with the police, Austin police chief Brian Manley said at a press conference. The recording was made on a telephone, that was found in the suspect is in possession of the next confrontation.
In the recording, Manley said, the message is put in the place of “the outrage of a very challenged young man talking about the problems in his personal life.”
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed